Mental Health Data
IntroductionAccording to the CDC, well‐being refers to how “people think and feel about their lives—the quality of their relationships, their positive emotions, resilience, satisfaction with life domains, or the realization of their potential.” Well‐being can be measured by the extent to which a person feels positive emotions like happiness and tranquility and their interest in life and positive moods. It is also measured by the person’s sense of being connected with others through social ties and his/her sense of satisfaction and meaning in life. Measurement of well‐being is expressed by the CDC as health related quality of life. (CDC, 2011a)
Mental disorders take many forms and can be very complicated and inter‐related with physical health problems. Persons suffering from severe physical illnesses, chronic disease or traumatic injury are at high risk, for example, of developing mental illness due to poor quality of life. The types of mental disorders outlined by the National Institutes of mental health include anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, eating disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, and schizophrenia. (NIMH, 2011d) ...
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